Mobilising Regions for Growth and Jobs

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Period : 2007-2013
Date : 15/09/2014

Between 2007 and 2013, some 235 projects strengthened research and innovation excellence and potential in Europe’s regions, and forged synergies between regional research and innovation policies. The Seventh Framework Programme’s Research Potential programme supported 169 projects with €340 million, while the Regions of Knowledge programme backed a further 66 projects with €126 million.

Horizon 2020 – the successor to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) – has been up and running since the end of 2013, marking the end to both programmes. Their objectives have been transferred to the EU’s Cohesion Policy. Benefiting from the distance of time, now is a fitting moment to look back at the Research Potential and Regions of Knowledge programmes, to identify some key findings, and to draw lessons for the future.

Regions of Knowledge was designed to strengthen the research and innovation potential of European regions, in particular by encouraging and supporting regional ‘research-driven clusters’ bringing together universities, research centres, enterprises, regional authorities and other stakeholders.

 

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